The Hagen Family- San Francisco, CA

I never thought I really wanted to photograph families.

Nothing against families I just didn’t know how I could do it and feel like myself…feel like I was photographing the part of a family that was important to remember.

I think smiling shots looking at my lens are important, I do. I just don’t think you are usually in a perfect little group smiling at a camera. I want you to remember what it was really like “being” part of your family.

Once I figured out my family shooting grove, it was like the clouds parted, and a chorus of angels started singing.

Lifestyle family photography is my thing. Shooting in people’s homes is so amazing and fun and just makes sense. I have found my love for shooting families.

This sweet family was one of my all time favorites. It doesn’t hurt that they have amazing color and texture in their home..but way more than that I loved the dynamic of the four of them. Such a balance of everything. So much love and tending to needs and big sighs of exhaustion. Taking care of little humans is the most exhausting and exhilarating of all life’s challenges. I am convinced of that.

I’ve said it once and I will say it again, thank you for letting me into your personal space. Thank you for letting me see what you four are all about. I really, really loved it.

Jen O. - These are so perfect and sweet.October 5, 2012 – 11:35 am

kristin - I’m starting to think you only associate with ridiculously good-looking people? ;) Great shots (once again), treasures forever.October 5, 2012 – 11:47 am

lee - beautiful family. beautiful home. beautiful capture.October 5, 2012 – 11:53 am

Miss Megan - I absolutely love that print of the man and woman dancing. Any idea who the artist is or where they got it?

These photos are gorgeous. Happy family in their natural habitat. I almost feel like I know them. You are so gifted, Rachel!October 5, 2012 – 12:41 pm

rachel cowan - hello cool orange wall in yard… and the interior of this place is so cool! I love your philosophy. And ultimately i think its what most families want. Can’t wait to do a home shoot one day! Gorgeous family and these are beautiful images.October 5, 2012 – 12:50 pm

Emily - I love this lifestyle photography concept, and these are beautiful images. As for the technical aspects, how long do you spend at a family’s home? Do you use all natural light? Since these are “story telling” images, do they prefer an album to prints?

I, myself, find the static family poses boring and unnatural, but it is kind of a leap to introduce this type of photography. I’d love to talk specifics with you :) October 7, 2012 – 6:49 am

Rachel - count me in the group who wants the origin of that dancing painting – it’s to die for.

anyone, anyone? any chance you’d mind asking this gorgeous family of it’s origin?

thank you for sharing – such beauty!

RachelOctober 8, 2012 – 7:21 am